Whoa, this was NOT in the employment contract!
|My reading week is over so I’m back to shunning all my friends in favour of studying my ass off. In terms on anime, I managed to catch up to Shinsekai Yori and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure during the break, which was a hell of a lot of fun. JoJo especially! But this post is not about either of those shows. It’s about Psycho-Pass and making some huge decisions.|
Kougami’s departure from the police left a bitter aftertaste that made the first part of the episode feel worse than it was to me. I’m not entirely sure why it’s so disappointing either. It’s not like he’s left in the sense that we’ll never see him again, because that’s far from the truth. But he has left Akane’s side and I feel like watching Kougami go at this alone will be…boring. He just isn’t a very interesting character when he doesn’t have someone else to play off of. He is contrasted yet complemented by Akane extremely well. Without her, it’s just another tired and true “revenge” story. Even though Kougami explicitly says it’s not for revenge, I can’t see it as anything but that.
Although I had a kneejerk negative reaction to Kougami going off on his own, I realize that in a way his choice makes sense. If he stayed with the police, he’d get Akane and Ginoza in big trouble for not properly monitoring him. He also wouldn’t have access to a real gun – especially with the Chief chasing him with a death wish. He couldn’t do anything under her watchful gaze. This was the best option to keep his friends safe and complete his objective with the highest success rate. Still…something about it makes me wary. It might turn out to be interesting, but I lament the loss of development between Akane and Kougami for now (they may meet up again later).
On the other hand, Akane is a lot more inherently interesting. The changes in Kougami from episode 1 to now are miniscule compared to her. She has gone from a confused idealist to a tough as nails detective who can think almost as swiftly as Kougami. She’s proven that she is able to maintain her morals in the face of corruption and keep her Hue as clear as a sunny day. While I think watching Kougami by himself could be boring, I think Akane is now a strong enough character to carry scenes on her own. However, she has peaked, and now it’s time to take away her support and see how she manages. If she can be just as good or better without her partner, then that marks yet another personal victory for her. This is the real test.
Anyways, enough worrying about the future! I don’t like writing too much about things that haven’t even happened yet – and might not even happen. All the Kougami and Akane moments were sweet, but this episode is for Ginoza just as much as it is for them. This was a great week for him because it shows a side he’s less prone to revealing: his powerless side.
He always puts on the air of someone in control, but that’s to hide how futile his efforts are. He cannot write reports about the truth, disobey the Chief’s orders, or pursue the cases he wants to. He has to lie or play dumb with the Enforcers because there’s nothing he can do no matter how much they complain. He wants to question Makishima as much as they do, but he’s forced to play the bad guy and act like it’s his idea too. It’s like he’s feeling so much cognitive dissonance that the only way to reconcile what he’s doing is to trick himself and others into thinking that these decisions were all originally made by him. He never really fools anyone (including himself), so he’s torn between what he wants to do and what he has to do. Both options don’t have pleasant consequences attached.
Ginoza gets very few conversations with his father, but they all show that Masaoka has a genuine tenderness for his son. He is able to be there when needed, but maintain distance when Ginoza is in “job mode” and chastises him for even entering his personal bubble of space. I have no idea how he can be so patient with a son who treats him as an Enforcer when it’s convenient and an advice-dispenser when it’s even more convenient. I seriously wonder why they gave us a Yayoi episode instead of a Masaoka one when I think he’s one of the best characters. At the very least, he has more than one line per week on an average basis.
Anyways, I digress. Masaoka advises Ginoza to just go with the flow and do what he’s told. His first attempt to make his own choice and secretly transfer Kougami ends up horribly though. He almost ends up killing him. Seeing that Ginoza is holding together his sanity with only a few threads already, I’m worried about his Hue. Furthermore, this is almost like an extremely harsh lesson that trying to do the right thing instead of following orders always leads to negative consequences. He very may well take his father’s advice now and just go limp.
On a side note, Ginoza almost killing Kougami was the best scene in the episode. I did not expect the Chief to waltz over and hack the gun so it would go to Lethal mode. I mostly thought she wouldn’t dare to do this since no one else has been shown to be capable of this, and it makes her really suspicious. Isn’t anyone else confused how just touching a gun could make it malfunction? Do they really think it’s just defective? Anyways, it was a bit of a deja-vu moment from episode 1 where Akane shot Kougami. This time, the circumstances are very different, but it reminded me once again how much she’s changed from the Akane in episode 1.
…She’s still pretty darn moe though :3c
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